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Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke due in court over sexual assault allegations

A Kent MP is set to appear in court this morning accused of sexually assaulting two women.

The three charges against Dover and Deal representative Charlie Elphicke relate to incidents between 2007 and 2016 which he completely denies.

Dover and Deal MP Charile Elphicke
Dover and Deal MP Charile Elphicke

Within hours of the Crown Prosecution Service's decision being made public in July Mr Elphicke had the Conservative whip withdrawn.

The allegations first surfaced almost two years ago.

A spokesman for the CPS said at the time: "The Crown Prosecution Service has today charged Charles Elphicke, MP for Dover, with three charges of sexual assault against two women.

“The CPS made the decision to charge Elphicke after reviewing a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police.

“The CPS reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Elphicke are now active and that he has a right to a fair trial.

Charlie Elphicke MP was charged in July

"It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

In a statement in July, Elphicke said: “As everyone knows, I deny any wrongdoing. I remain completely confident that I will clear my name. I would like to thank my family, local party and constituents for their unwavering support.

"It’s business as usual as I continue to work tirelessly for the people of Dover and Deal and strongly support the Government of Boris Johnson in Parliament.

“Any constituent in need of assistance should please get in contact."

Elphicke, 48, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning.

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